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Courage but no arms

People are angry, justifiably so. Last week 17 people died unnecessarily. As usually happens after such an event, the media pundits and political hacks take advantage of people’s pain. The reasons are, in my opinion, if it bleeds it leads (money), and votes (money). Respectively.

There is enough blame to go around. The school system dropped the ball, the local police dropped the ball, and the FBI dropped, ignored and kicked the ball down the street. They need to be asked why. Many chances were missed. The real culprit though is the failed policy of gun-free zones. Yes, failed. Past time to overturn this deadly policy, nationwide.

Three of those killed last week were adults. Those three had the courage to try to save the students. What they lacked was the means. If they were armed, the outcome would have been much different. All it takes is a good person to stop a bad person, armed with the guts to fight back and the means.

I am angry also, for being blamed for the carnage. I have owned firearms over 40 years and have not shot anyone with my AR-15.

Laissez-faire and molon labe.

Paul A. Claussen



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